Council of Institutional Investors

Member Testimonials

Some organizations have been CII members for over 35 years, and the majority have been with us for 10 years or longer. This is a testament to the value proposition that CII offers over the long-term. Don't take our word for it? Here are some testimonials from current CII members: 

 U.S. Asset Owners: Public Pension Funds

"To Colorado PERA, CII isn't just the voice of corporate governance, it's the voice of hundreds of market participants coming together on a broad range of issues that can impact long-term investment value." - Ron Baker, Executive Director, Colorado PERA
"Our membership and collaboration with CII is an invaluable way for LACERA to amplify our voice and advocate prudent financial market policies and corporate governance practices on behalf of our beneficiaries." - Scott Zdrazil, Senior Investment Officer, LACERA

‚Äč"CII provides members a platform to engage and learn from stakeholders within the corporate governance ecosystem, as well as extensive research and educational opportunities, which is helpful in our active ownership investment decision-making process." - Simiso Nzima, Investment Director & Head of Corporate Governance, CalPERS
"The Council of Institutional Investors is an effective and impactful organization that advances governance standards on behalf of all its members." - Aeisha Mastagni, Sustainable Investment & Stewardship Strategies, CalSTRS
"Besides being the most informative clearinghouse of information with webinars, podcasts, educational seminars and great conferences, CII is a most effective lobbyist for issues that are of essential interest to those of interested in maintaining and strengthening our pension funds." - Mitch Vogel, Trustee, SURS of Illinois
"Being a CII member gives us the ability to draw upon the expertise of a diverse membership and CII staff and to share ideas on how to best affect change in governance practices that enhance shareholder value and benefit Ohio's public employees."- Patti Gazda, Corporate Governance Officer, Ohio PERS
"Our membership in CII allows us to have an informed perspective on corporate governance, investment issues and regulatory matters that we don't get anywhere else. As well, the Council's network of asset owners and asset managers is unparalleled in the institutional investing space, allowing the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) to deliver leading edge investment management to all of our stakeholders." - Michael McCauley, Senior Officer, Investment Programs & Governance, Florida State Board of Administration
"CII has provided critical leadership for and provided the resources to its members to advance corporate governance best practices." - Gianna McCarthy, Director, Corporate Governance, New York State Common Retirement Fund

U.S. Asset Owners: Corporate Funds
"As corporate CII members for many years, we find it a valuable forum for hearing the perspectives of influential institutional investors and for the chance to connect with many of our investors as well as with companies focused on corporate governance and investor engagement." - Steve Lippman, ESG Engagement Director, Microsoft

"I've been involved with the CII in one form or another for most of my career. I have found it to be an incredibly important resource for understanding the thoughts and needs of investors and the broader governance landscape." - Keir Gumbs, Deputy Corporate Secretary & Associate General Counsel, Uber Technologies
"We find great value in the variety of perspectives that CII brings together.  As a corporate member, this allows us to better understand the views of the investor community, as well as an opportunity to share the corporate perspective." - Dave Donlin, VP Corporate Law, Target

U.S. Asset Owners: Labor Union Funds

"CII membership gives our organization access to world-class experts on corporate governance.  CII staff is always available to help navigate the complex world of governance reform."  - Jennifer O'Dell, Assistant Director of Corporate Affairs, LiUNA

Associate Members: Asset Managers

"At a time of so many unnecessary events and conferences, CII still represents the one forum to hear the right perspectives, organize real action, and engage in meaningful dialogue, - absolutely required attendance." - Jake Walko, Director of ESG Investing & Global Investment Stewardship, Thornburg Investment Management
"We are grateful for the platform CII provides Elliott for engaging with our fellow investors in a thoughtful exchange of views on important issues such as corporate governance, firm strategy, and capital allocation." - Geoffrey Sorbello, Director of Engagement, Elliott Management Corporation
Associate Members: Service Providers

"As the premier U.S.-based corporate governance advocacy organization for long-term asset owners and institutional investors, CII and its diverse constituency offer a range of perspectives and resources we simply can't find anywhere else." - Karla Bos, Associate Partner, Corporate Governance Consulting, Aon
"CII members and leadership include a diverse and well-rounded veritable who's who of the institutional investor community with their finger on the pulse of ESG, shareholder engagement and investor stewardship discussions which, in turn, allows me to be a better and more educated advocate for my clients, many of whom are a part of the same community."- Noah Wortman, Senior Manager, Collective Redress, Omni Bridgeway
"CII's exceptional events and communications provide meaningful opportunities to connect with and better understand the perspectives of investors related to governance trends and capital market developments, which is vital to the efforts of the EY Center for Board Matters and EY in general." - Jamie Carroll Smith, Center for Board Matters, EY
"My CII membership provides me with industry knowledge, networking opportunities and valuable resources." - Sheila Lewis, Proxy Administrator, Segal Marco Advisors